April 22, 2013


Ellen S. Richardson, 87, died at peace on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha, Neb., with her children at her side.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, with family present at 5 p.m. at Ohde Twit Funeral Home in Carroll. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at First United Methodist Church in Carroll.

Officiating will be Pastor Dennis Bailey. Vocalists will be Craig Rowles, Kevin Patrick, Jake Gute, Tom Loeck, Skip Raridon and Wes Niles.

Music will be "Amazing Grace," "Just As I Am," "What A Wonderful World" and "My Way" by Frank Sinatra.

Accompanist will be Nancy Davis.

Ellen's grandchildren will be honorary casket bearers.

Born June 1, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., she enjoyed a life rich with blessings and good humor. A longtime resident, she and her husband, Dr. H.K. Richardson, moved to Carroll from Houston, Texas, along with their four children in 1959.

Well-known for her generosity, she was a bundle of energy who donated her time to numerous endeavors over the years, including volunteer work at the Carroll Community Health Center and First United Methodist Church.

A 60-year member of PEO, a women's service organization, she served twice as president. She seldom missed helping out at the polls and blood banks, and she never missed sending a friend a well-chosen birthday card, thank-you note, or note of condolence.

She is survived by her brother Ray A. (Jackie) Barnhart of St. Clairesville, Ohio; children Marcia (Noble) Dunson of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Christine (Mark) Caes of Dayton, Ohio, Dr. J. Scott (Kathy) Richardson of Carroll, and Debra (Dennis) Kahle McMillan of Omaha, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. H.K. Richardson; grandson Tyler Kahle; granddaughter Erin Richardson; as well as her parents, O.E. and Alice (Anderson) Barnhart.